(The Boston Globe West—By Jaclyn Reiss, March 2, 2014) – Two higher education institutions in Framingham were awarded state grants this week to help boost their science and math programs. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center awarded $3 million to Framingham State University, and $50,000 to Massachusetts Bay Community College’s Framingham campus.
(Framingham Patch—Posted by Susan Petroni (Editor), February, 27, 2014) – Mass Bay Community College Vice President Yves Salomon-Fernandez said the grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is an endorsement of the college's vision for its downtown Framingham campus.
Project will research how STEM secondary education techniques affects success at college level (Wellesley Patch blog—January 7, 2014) – MassBay Professor of Computer Science Susanne Steiger-Escobar has been selected by Harvard University to join the Advisory Board for a National Science Foundation funded project designed to evaluate computer science education at the high school level, for females in particular. The project, entitled Factors Influencing College Success in Information Technology (FICSIT), is being conducted at the Department of Science Education at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “We are delighted to be represented on this important initiative,” said MassBay President John O’Donnell. “Students who attend two-year institutions like ours must have adequate STEM education at the secondary level if they are to succeed at college and in the workforce. This is a matter of national importance, and we are grateful for the voice we will have in these invaluable discussions. All of us on campus are proud of Professor Steiger-Escobar and wish her well on the FICSIT project.”